Dominance Defined | Hill, Schurter, Vergier and Mels claim gold at World Cup Finals Dominance Defined | Hill, Schurter, Vergier and Mels claim gold at World Cup Finals

Dominance Defined | Hill, Schurter, Vergier and Mels claim gold at World Cup Finals

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sam Hill, Nino Schurter, Loris Vergier and Fabrice Mels define their dominance with multiple World Cup victories to end the season on top. 

After six months of racing visiting multiple continents on a mix of diverse and challenging terrain, it would all come down to a matter of seconds and a mere handful of points to decide who would be crowned World Cup Champion. In the Elite and Jr. Men’s Downhill field the top three riders would enter the final round in Meribel, France sitting dangerously close to one another where a single position could make all the difference for the title. - Photo by Sven Martin

SRAM | TLD Racing’s Luca Shaw entered the final round as the World Cup overall leader in the Jr. Men’s field. Just behind him sat Loris Vergier (Lapierre Gravity Republic) who had been in a close back and forth battle with Shaw all season long. With only a few points separating the two it would take flawless runs for either of them in order to retain or regain the lead for the coveted 2014 World Cup Title. After minor setbacks in qualifying, Shaw would need to improve drastically on his final run over Loris to maintain his overall lead. - Photo by Sven Martin 

In the finals Loris would confidently rise to the occasion besting the field by over four seconds taking SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC and RockShox Vivid R2C to the top step as Jr. Downhill World Cup Champion. Shaw would ride to a solid 5th place on the day, putting him in second place in the World Cup overall standings for the season.  - Photo by Victor Lucas

 

Although the fight for the Downhill overall was impressively close in the Elite Men's field, the story of the weekend would be the victor on the day. Fresh off a win and a podium from the two previous rounds in Mont Saint Anne, Canada, and Windham, New York, Sam Hill (Chainreaction | Nukeproof) undoubtedly defined his return to dominance taking the win on this classically steep and technical course well suited for his casual yet aggressive style of riding. Hill would not only take the win on the day but would also ride his SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC and RockShox Vivid R2C into 4th place overall.  – Photo by Sven Martin

Troy Brosnan (Specialized | Monster Energy) entered the finals sitting in an impressive 2nd position overall just ahead of Aaron Gwin (Specalized). Having a difficult start to the weekend with a flat in qualifying, Brosnan would struggle to maintain his lead over Gwin who would show his matured racing prowess finishing well ahead of Brosnan in the finals to grab 2nd in the overall standings. Brosnan would lose only one spot finishing in third just ahead of Hill for 2014. - Photo by Sven Martin 

 

In the Women’s Downhill race, Emmeline Ragot (Lapierre Gravity Republic) would maintain her consistency with another impressive result amongst an extremely talented and competitive women’s field. Using SRAM X01 DH, SRAM Guide RSC, RockShox BoXXer WC and RockShox Vivid R2C she would take 2nd on the day and 3rd in the World Cup Overall for 2014. – Photo by Sven Martin

The week all started with the Cross Country Eliminator race on a dry, dusty and physically demanding track. Being a dominant force all season long with consistent podium finishes, Fabrice Mels took a commanding win in head to head battle using SRAM X01 DH MINI-BLOCK X-DOME cassette for it’s light weight, larger gear step shifting that can be optimal for the quick sprinting necessary for many XCE courses. He would take the all new RockShox RS-1 and Avid XX brakes to the top step of the podium with him, also claiming the World Cup Championship title for the XCE Elite Men’s field. - Photo by Sven Martin 

The weekend of action packed racing from World Cup Finals would come to a close in near perfect weather conditions on a challenging and exciting Cross Country course. In the Men’s field, Nino Schurter would enter the race closely following Julian Absalon (BMC) in the overall standings. Putting in a valiant and triumphant effort on the day he would ride SRAM XX1 and Avid XX brakes to another World Cup Cross Country win and a 2nd place finish in the World Cup overall standings for 2014.  Manuel Fumic (Cannondale) would have a great finish in 3rd just behind Absalon on the day to place 4th in the overall standings. - Photo by Victor Lucas

 

The Women’s field was also a tight battle for the overall with minimal points separating the top of the field. 2013 World Cup Champion Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools Team) would ride her SRAM XX1, SRAM RISE 60, RockShox RS-1 and Avid XX equipped bike courageously and consistently on the day to finish 3rd in the overall standings. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå (Meridia Multivan) also had an impressive effort taking a well deserved 2nd place finish on the day with SRAM XX1, RockShox SID WC and Avid XX. - Photo by Victor Lucas

 

Champions crowned, dominance defined, the 2014 World Cup season is officially in the books. Racers now head straight to Hafjell, Norway for the MTB UCI World Championships kicking off in just two weeks time. Stay tuned to all the exciting action LIVE on RedBull TV HERE.

WORLD CUP FINAL RESULTS

Mens Downhill 

1st - Sam Hill: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

4th - Loic Bruni: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

 

Women's Downhill

2nd - Emmeline Ragot: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

 

Jr. Men's Downhill 

1st - Loris Vergier: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

5th -  Luca Shaw: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM X0 Hubs | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C | TRUVATIV Boobar

 

Men's Cross Country

1st - Nino Schurter: SRAM XX1 | Avid XX

3rd - Manuel Fumic: SRAM XX1 | Avid XX

5th - Gerhard Kerschbaumer: SRAM XX1 

 

Women's Cross Country 

2nd - Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå: SRAM XX1 | RockShox SID WC | Avid XX

 

Men's Cross Country Eliminator 

1st - Fabrice Mels: SRAM XX1 | SRAM X01 DH MINI-BLOCK Cassette | SRAM ROAM 50 rear wheel | RockShox RS-1 | Avid XX

 

WORLD CUP OVERALL RESULTS

Men's Downhill

2nd - Aaron Gwin: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC |

3rd - Troy Brosnan: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

4th -  Sam Hill: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

 

Women's Downhill

3rd - Emmeline Ragot: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

 

Jr. Men's Downhill 

1st - Loris Vergier: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C

2nd - Luca Shaw: SRAM X01 DH | SRAM X0 Hubs | SRAM Guide RSC | RockShox BoXXer WC | RockShox Vivid R2C | TRUVATIV Boobar

 

Men's Cross Country 

2nd - Nino Schurter: SRAM XX1 | Avid XX

4th - Manuel Fumic: SRAM XX1 | Avid XX

 

Women's Cross Crountry 

3rd - Tanja Zakelj: SRAM XX1 | SRAM RISE 60 | RockShox RS-1 | Avid XX

 

Men's Cross Country Eliminator

1st - Fabrice Mels: SRAM XX1 | SRAM X01 DH MINI-BLOCK Cassette | SRAM ROAM 50 rear wheel | RockShox RS-1 | Avid XX

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